Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Events

Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Challenges

Red Carpet Run in California (Racewire)

Oscar night is almost here! Inspired by the silver screen? Take on one of the many themed movie runs around the U.S., from California to Kansas and beyond.

Want to run your first 10K, half-marathon or more? I rounded up the best races for beginners, from coast to coast.

If you’re a seasoned road warrior at the other end of the spectrum—looking for a bigger challenge—I found 25 all-you-can run festivals where two, three, four and more races in a row are on the menu.

Check out my roundups at!

Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Challenges

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz (Olathe Chamber of Commerce)

10 Movie Runs For Fun

I picked 10 movie runs around the U.S. that pay homage to Hollywood, including events inspired by Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Shawshank Redemption, A Christmas Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Forrest Gump, and more.

Is your favorite film among them? Find out at

Movie Runs, Newbie Races & All-You-Can-Run Challenges

BolderBoulder 10K (BolderBoulder)

The Best 10 Races for Newbie Runners

Looking to tackle your first 5K, half-marathon, or even 26.2? Check out the best courses in America for first-timers. I picked them—including races in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Ready to go the distance? Read my picks at

Movie Runs, Newbie Races & Challenge Roundups

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Medals (runDisney)

Try Running Multiple Races In One Weekend

Kick it up a notch by running two, three, or even four races—including marathons and halfs—in a single weekend. Check out 25 running smorgasbords, along with tips on how to safely train and survive the challenge.

Check out 5 expert tips for back-to-back runs and 25 events to try at

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


02 2016

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    Nice lists. I really enjoyed the It’s a Wonderful Run 5K in Seneca Falls, NY. The actress who plays Zuzu starts the race with her famous line. Runners and spectators dress up in costumes. Runners run across the bridge that inspired Frank Capra’s movie. After the race, there are hot chocolate and cookies. It’s a lovely holiday race.
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    • Karla Bruning

      That sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing it! I just checked out the website and the 5K is USATF certified too. Love that! Not always a given with 5Ks.